Just two hours by plane from Western Australia's capital city, Perth, is the sunny, historic and naturally diverse Pilbara District and the town at its heart: Karratha. Built quite recently as far as towns go, Karratha's purpose was to house the region's iron miners of the late 1960s. Nowadays Karratha is the largest township in Pilbara, housing its government departments, major shopping centres and a whole host of tourist attractions to come and see.
If you're looking at escaping the big city life and visiting somewhere a little more down-to-earth, without sacrificing a few of your urban luxuries, it's time to book a Karratha hotel.
Weather in Karratha
Nothing says, 'Get outdoors and have fun,' more than brilliant sunshine and minimal rain. Thankfully Karratha offers both of those things. The temperature rarely drops below 25 degrees Celsius all year round, with summers frequenting over 30 degrees Celsius. There is a small amount of rain around January to March, however the majority of the time it is uncommon.
What to do in Karratha
Nature is Karratha's biggest attraction, with plenty of places to drive to, walk around and sail out amongst.
Lace up your walking boots and drive just a couple of minutes south of the Karratha Visitors Centre to begin a walk a long the Yaburara Heritage Trail. This 3.5-kilometre track weaves its way through stunning natural flora, with numerous Aboriginal sites along the way. Rock engravings can be found during the tramp, and there are plenty of lookouts where you can stop and take photos of the region.
Around 20 minutes from Karratha is the township of Dampier, which is the gateway to the breathtaking island group, the Dampier Archipelago. Cruises are available to a number of the 42 different islands, some of which you can camp on, and fishing is also popular. From Dampier's Hampton Harbour you can also book cruises such as Discover Cruising, which meander through the region to teach you about its fascinating history.
Where to eat in Karratha
As it is the hub of Pilbara, Karratha has numerous delicious restaurants and cafes to sample from during your stay here.
For a range of Indian delights, visit the Bollywood Lounge on Sharpe Ave and enjoy a hearty lunch takeaway or belly warming evening meal. An extensive, family friendly menu can be found at Blanche Bar, one of the town's newer establishments. Blanche offers a diverse range of wines, cocktails and other drinks, on top of their great tapas menu.
Also keep an eye out for Tata's Restaurant, ranked number one on TripAdvisor, as well as the Soul Cafe, Geckos Saloon Bar and Universal Chinese Restaurant.
Accommodation in Karratha
Located within walking distance to the Visitors Centre is one of the most luxurious hotels in Karratha, the ibis Styles Karratha. As you stay in one of 60 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, wander down to its outdoor swimming pool and cool off under the hot sun. Next make sure you grab a bite to eat at Hearson's Bistro, the on-site restaurant, or a drink at one of three different bars.